Stay in Shiga Kogen: Recommended Accommodation
Nestled in the Joshinetsu Kogen National Park, Shiga Kogen is Japan’s largest and highest ski resort. Also lay claiming to Nagano’s longest season – which in a good year runs from late-November into May – Shiga offers numerous accommodation options ranging from budget to high-end, with many smaller hotels being family-run.
For accommodation listings in the resort, please see our ‘Shiga Kogen Area’ hotel page. Given the size of the resort, deciding where to stay in Shiga can be confusing for first-timers.
Around Shiga Kogen Yamanoeki, the ski fields of Hasuike, Maurike and Sun Valley have a good number of larger hotels with in-house restaurants, while the central areas of Higashidateyama, Takamagahara and Ichinose have the greatest concentration of accommodation, restaurants and bars.
Away from the central areas, Yakebitaiyama and Okushiga boast some of the best powder in the resort, while even more distant Kumanoyu and Yokoteyama are the only ski fields not connected to the others however lay claim to Japan’s highest chair-lifted ski run at 2307 metres.
We recommend the following hotels in Shiga Kogen:
Hotel Grand Phenix / Okushiga
Deep within the resort, the Okushiga ski fields are known for their long runs and reliable powder. Hotel Grand Phenix is found at the base of the Okushiga ski runs and as such, offers guests the convenience and outright fun of ski-in/ski-out accommodation nearby the gondola station in one of the Shiga’s best ski fields.
From the wooden balustrades of the hotel’s exterior to the warmth and comfort of the spacious lounge, Grand Phenix’s European inspiration is evident from the moment you set eyes of the charming façade. The hotel’s design means access to the ski runs could not be easier, with direct access via the outdoor area at the rear leading to secure ski/snowboard storage and a dry room in the heart of the hotel.
Hotel Grand Phenix offers guests a choice of seven room types including both Western and Japanese-style amenities.
All rooms have ensuite bathrooms – including shower and bath – and spacious floor plans, allowing guests to unpack, relax and unwind in comfort.
The hotel prides itself on its fine-dining meal service, with its two restaurants serving Japanese, Italian and Chinese menus. Economy, Special and Premium meal plans can be included in accommodation packages providing guests with an unmatched culinary experience while staying in Shiga Kogen.
Hotel Grand Phenix also offers guests the choice of mens and womens mineral baths (for the exclusive use of hotel guests) including open air pools and heated indoor pool for mixed use. The fourth floor ‘onsen’-style mineral baths offer outstanding views of the surrounding landscape through panoramic windows.
The perfect relaxation at the end of a day on the mountain.
Hotel Sunny Shiga / Takamagahara
Located in Takamagahara, Hotel Sunny Shiga offers both convenience and comfort – a hotel known for its excellent location and friendly atmosphere. With the chairlifts of the central ski fields only a short walk from the hotel, guests have easy access to the entire resort.
Being based at Hotel Sunny Shiga means you start and end your day in one of the resort’s most convenient areas and avoid having to backtrack from one end of the resort to the other. From the hotel it is also an easy stroll to several restaurants and bars.
A range of room types – including Western, Japanese and mixed style rooms – are suitable for groups of all sizes. From solo travelers to couples and families, and larger groups including friends or tours, Hotel Sunny Shiga’s rooms cater to anyone looking for a good ski hotel in the middle of the action.
The hotel’s meal service – including breakfast and dinner – is known for its generous portions and quality of the food. Guests have the option of including meals in their accommodation package, something they never regret given the hotel’s reputation for feeding their guests very well indeed.
The generous breakfast is particularly appealing given the limited morning options available in Shiga Kogen. The hotel’s buffet service includes both Western and Japanese food to get your day off to the perfect start – an essential ingredient to any big day out on the mountain.
At the end of a long day nothing feels better – or reminds you that you are in Japan more – than soaking in the steaming ‘onsen’-style bath – the perfect refuge in which to unwind and relax at the end of the day.
For a complete accommodation listing in the resort, please see our ‘Shiga Kogen Area’ hotel page.